1st February 2018
Siobhan Treacy winner of Ladies Junior Handball Competition
25th January 2018
Congratulations to John Cunniffe, Sean Trundle and Keelan Gallagher on successfully getting through to the next round of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Competition. The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition run by the Irish Angus Producer Group, along with its processor partners, ABP Ireland and Kepak Group, aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers.
Each year, five school groups are chosen to receive five Irish Angus Cross calves. As part of their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project the students are required to set milestones through the lifetime of the animals, rear them through to slaughter and visit processing and retail facilities to understand how the food chain works.
The project aims to allow students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real life setting. Each of the finalists received the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project which amounted to an average €6,800. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.
As a result of their recent interview on the 18th of January in Mullingar where the boys presented their project plan they have been selected to be one of the groups to go forward to the Certified Irish Angus Beef Exhibition in Croke Park on 14 March 2018. This upcoming event is extremely exciting and will allow the group to present their project to judges from all the stakeholders involved, including Irish Angus Producer Group, ABP Ireland, Bord Bia and Kepak group. Congratulations again to John, Sean and Keelan, together with their teacher Ms Shea and Ms Concar.
25th January 2018
RCC Ladies made history last week as they represented their school in its first ever All-Ireland Ladies Final. It was an extremely momentous occasion, one that was made even more historic as they faced their neighbouring rivals, Convent of Mercy Roscommon. Last time these ladies met, the Convent nipped the win in a tight tie-breaker, 25-21, so the final was expected to be just as intense.
Our ladies travelled to UCD Sports Complex in the hopes of bringing home the cup and be crowned All-Ireland Champions. Both teams started off excellently, displaying their great skill and teamwork. It was clear that both had prepared well and were focused on the job at hand, each point proving vital as no team went more than 2 ahead for the first twelve points respectively. Unfortunately, for RCC, it was the Convent who took the lead half way into the first set, a lead that RCC couldn’t seem to get back. Despite the girls’ best efforts, demonstrating their brilliant serving, digging and spiking ability, the opposition finished the first set on a score line of 25-17.
This meant that the girls found themselves down, but not out. They regrouped and reset hoping to turn the tables for the second set. Knowing that the Convent were one up and the pressure was on, it appeared that nerves started to kick in and our girls, who started off so confidently, soon found themselves 5-0 down within minutes. What the girls displayed next was nothing short of courage and bravery. As the Convent continued to add to their score line, our girls continued to battle, unfortunately it appeared that the girls late start would cost them severely. They never gained back control, however, not for the lack of trying and despite finding themselves 23-8 down, they continued to fight and found themselves back to 24-15. It was not to be for our RCC ladies and even though they fought to the bitter end, they finished up runners up on the day.
Despite the result, everyone at RCC is extremely proud of the girls on their magnificent achievement and congratulations to the Convent of Mercy team on their deserving win. It was overwhelming to see such support attend the match. From students to staff to parents, it was clear to see that RCC is a very tight community, one that encourages and uplifts one another whether it be in times of celebration or need. While things may not have gone our way, there is no doubt that this team will be back and although the loss may hurt at this moment, there will come a time where this pain will drive them on and bring them over the finish line. Very well-done girls, wear your medals with great pride.
Team: Ina Van Opstal, Tara Naughton, Lauryn Flaherty, Rachael Tarmey, Shannon Carter, Maebh Hickey, Tara Hegarty, Caoimhe Leonard, Zara Grehan, Sophia Ivanenko, Roksana Ptak, Tia Cronin, Laura Leonard and Yasmin Cunningham.
25th January 2018
Congratulations are extended to all of our participants in their performances and successes in the recent finale of Roscommon Equestrian Centre’s Schools Show Jumping Competition.
Our members have been working hard since late September, guided by the professional and talented instructors of Roscommon Equestrian Centre, to upgrade and perfect their horsemanship skills. This thirteen week course included four competitions where students had the opportunity to jump a course of fences to accumulate points for their school team at advanced, intermediate and novice level. Over the term of the thirteen weeks it was great to see such enthusiasm, determination, camaraderie and an overall improvement in the skills of all of our young riders.
The final competition proved successful for our members at all levels with Lorcan Rudden and Laura Moroza winning 1st place with their team ‘The Lazy Mares’ at novice level; Ellen Hynes, Katie Cronin, Kirstin Cronin and Amanda Balode winning 1st place with their team ‘The Rossie Rebels’ at intermediate level; Amy Gallagher and Sarah Hoare winning 1st place with their team ‘The Famous Four’ at advanced level and ‘The Four Horse-keteers’ coming a very close 2nd place consisting of Amy Yass, Ria Yass, Makayla Yass and Sinéad Hickey.
Well done to all, it’s great to see all of the hard work pay off. We’re looking forward to next year already!
25th January 2018
Roscommon Community Colleges Senior hurlers played their second group game on Thursday afternoon against Mercy College Woodford. The side was an important match for both teams with our seniors looking to bounce back after a one point loss to Roscommon CBS and Woodford looking to seal their place in a semi-final with a win.
RCC started with the aid of a strong breeze and got off to an excellent start with Diarmuid Treacy driving over a fantastic point within twenty seconds of the throw in. With the RCC defence well in control, our applied relentless pressure on the Woodford men, but given the terrible conditions, were somewhat wasteful in front of goal. The first half was a tiring affair for the players with Trevor Fallon accurate from placed ball. In extremely difficult underfoot conditions, both sides performed excellently and headed in at the half with Roscommon Community College leading by 0-5 to 0-3.
Woodford started the second half much better and had levelled matters up after only five minutes. The next ten minutes saw Woodford fire over three unanswered scores giving them a one point lead. Trevor Fallon fired over a free to level matters after excellent work from Paddy Kenny who was brilliant throughout.
One of the moments of the match came when sub Daire Keenan gathered a long delivery, rounded his man and finished low to the net to leave the RCC men three ahead going into the final minutes. The match finished in dramatic fashion with Woodford grabbing a late goal from a penalty to leave the sides level at the final whistle. The RCC men performed heroically during the second half to be in such a strong position in the final quarter but were unable to hold off the strong Woodford pressure.
There were many great performances on the day with Leaving Cert students Paddy Kenny and Jack Donnelly leading by example in defence. Diarmuid Treacy gave a towering display in the middle while Trevor Fallon was a constant threat up front. There were other fine displays from our third year students Liam Egan, Dara Finneran and Michael Staunton who showed great promise for the coming matches.
Well done to all involved on an excellent display!